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Cynthia Courteoreille, Captain, Team 504 Fire Brigade.


Our goal is to create opportunities that enable Indigenous people to fully participate in all aspects of our operation, today and tomorrow. We are one of the largest private-sector employers of Indigenous people in Canada – around 10% of our workforce is of First Nations, Métis or Inuit descent.

Indigenous people are employed across all occupations and levels, from heavy duty mechanics to engineers. Continued hiring is pursued through ongoing recruitment initiatives, such as the day-to-day work of Syncrude’s Aboriginal Recruitment Specialist, Syncrude’s rotational employment program in several Wood Buffalo Aboriginal communities, and our participation in the Inclusion Works and Indspire career fairs. Workforce development initiatives, such as our work to support education and trades training programs, also play an important role in developing the next generation of Indigenous employees.

Fort Chipewyan Rotational Employment Program

Syncrude's rotational employment program for people from the Aboriginal community of Fort Chipewyan has successfully operated for 38 years. The program enables participants to be employed by Syncrude while remaining active residents of their community. Fly-in/fly-out transportation and Fort McMurray-based accommodation are provided by Syncrude.

Aboriginal Employee Network

An Aboriginal employee network was established in 2013 to serve as a primary source of information and feedback on how well Syncrude is delivering on its commitments to First Nations and Métis communities, Syncrude’s reputation in those communities, and how effective our programs and activities are in meeting business objectives, such as recruitment and retention. The group also focuses on raising the awareness of Indigenous culture within the Syncrude workforce through its Aboriginal Awareness Day held at the Mildred Lake site.

Interested in a Career with Syncrude?

Syncrude offers diverse and rewarding careers in the oil sands industry. To learn more about employment with Syncrude, visit our Careers page for our latest postings.